Tech News Weekly (Audio)

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Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Jason and Mikah give you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the fast-paced world of technology and how it is changing our lives. Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.

  

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TNW 152: What The Social Dilemma Misses - TikTok Gives US Taste of its Medicine, California's 2035 Gas Car Ban

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TikTok gives US taste of its medicine, California's 2035 gas car ban.

  • Jameson Dow from Electrek wonders why California's new ban on gas-powered vehicles is set for 2035 and not sooner.
  • After years of tech dominance, the US is getting a taste of its own medicine with TikTok according to John Herrman from the New York Times.
  • Remember Quibi? Adam Epstein from Quartz lists a number of reasons why even two Emmy awards isn't likely to save the streaming service.
  • Will Oremus from OneZero feels that the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma is good at illustrating the problem, but ineffective at offering any real solutions.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Jameson Dow, John Herrman, Adam Epstein, and Will Oremus

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 11:20 pm


TNW 151: Facebook's VR Quest - TikTok, iOS 14, and Oculus Quest 2 & PlayStation

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Oracle's bid for TikTok and Trump's response to the news. How iOS developers are responding to the launch of iOS 14. What you need to know about the Oculus Quest 2 and PlayStation 5.

First, Alex Kantrowitz joins Jason and Mikah to provide the latest updates on TikTok. Oracle (and possibly others) want to have a stake in the company, but the Trump administration plans to weigh in.

Then, PCalc developer James Thomson stops by to give us the play-by-play of Apple's decision to launch iOS 14 after its Apple Watch & iPad Air event. Devs scrambled to get their apps ready for day one in the Apple AppStore.

Then, Android Central's Russell Holly shares the what-you-need-to-know regarding Facebook's new Oculus Quest 2 and the PlayStation 5.

Lastly, Mikah talks about Matthew Cassinelli's new Shortcuts Catalog and Jason scares Mikah with news of shelf-stocking robots.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Alex Kantrowitz, James Thomson, and Russell Holly

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Posted on 17 September 2020 | 10:37 pm


TNW 150: Xbox Series S and Series X - Console Prices, Apple vs. Epic Games Continues, The 5G Lie

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Console prices, Apple vs. Epic Games continues, the 5G lie.

  • Microsoft released the pricing information for its upcoming Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Randy Ramsay from Gamespot shares insight into the thinking behind the pricing.
  • Rene Ritchie details the latest developments in the battle brewing between Apple and Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite.
  • 5G speeds aren't what they are advertised to be yet, and Geoffrey Fowler from the Washington Post took to the streets to prove it.
  • The reviews embargo for the Microsoft Surface Duo has lifted and most reviews seem to agree that it needed more time in the cooker.
  • Lovers of tech nostalgia will enjoy the Internet Archive's crazy repository of Winamp skins!

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Randy Ramsay, Rene Ritchie, and Geoffrey Fowler

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Posted on 10 September 2020 | 11:01 pm


TNW 149: FAA Approves Amazon Drones - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Hands-On, Apple Offer Codes, Technology Escape Pods

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 hands-on, Apple offer codes, technology escape pods.

  • Paris Martineau from the Information talks about Amazon delivery drones receiving FAA approval, what this means for drone delivery at large, and when we might hear that noise in the sky.
  • Samsung unveiled all the details of the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 this week, and Hayato Huseman from Android Central goes hands-on with the device to talk about the many ways Samsung corrected the mistakes of the previous iteration.
  • Apple is opening up more ways for iOS users to pay developers by introducing offer codes that might help to reverse the reliance on free apps by many users.
  • A OneZero piece by Douglas Rushkoff talks all about pandemic life and how technology enables many to live in their own escape pods while shielding themselves from the troubles of the world.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Paris Martineau and Hayato Huseman

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Posted on 3 September 2020 | 9:00 pm


TNW 148: Facebook on Your Face - TikTok CEO Resigns, Facebook Required for Your Oculus, Joe Budden vs Spotify

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TikTok CEO resigns, Facebook required for your Oculus, Joe Budden vs Spotify.

  • Amid controversial executive order and other political concerns, TikTok CEO resigns.
  • Facebook will now force Occulus users to have a Facebook account to use its VR platform.
  • Solar panels are saving the environment today, but what about twenty years from now?
  • Joe Budden announces he's leaving the Spotify podcast network due to unfair business practices.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Ant Pruitt

Guests: Chris Stokel-Walker, Sam Machkovech, Maddie Stone, and Ashley Carman

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Posted on 27 August 2020 | 10:00 pm


TNW 147: A Phone With DIP Switches? - PinePhone Hands-On, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra First Look, Epic Games vs Apple

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PinePhone hands-on, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra first look, Epic Games vs Apple.

  • Jason Howell compares the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to the Galaxy S20 Ultra and goes hands-on with the premium handset.
  • Lory Gil from iMore walks through the latest developments of the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, and looks into her crystal ball to see where it's likely to land.
  • Corbin Davenport from Android Police has the PinePhone, a Linux based smartphone for the geekminded that offers interesting security features including a row of killswitches.
  • Netflix is offering a new feature that randomizes your viewing habits... if you'll use it.
  • Oculus hardware will soon require a Facebook account in order to use it, and we all saw this coming. Right?

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Lory Gil and Corbin Davenport

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Posted on 20 August 2020 | 11:00 pm


TNW 146: Epic Games vs. Apple - Surface Duo Hands-On, Russian SIMs, Apple's Unannounced Subscription Bundles

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Surface Duo Hands-on, Russian SIMs, Apple's unannounced subscription bundles.

  • Harry McCracken from Fast Company has the Microsoft Duo foldable Android device and shares his thoughts after spending one week with the prerelease hardware.
  • Joseph Cox from VICE got the inside scoop on a secretive Russian SIM network that enables all sorts of illegal activity, and he explains how they work.
  • Apple is expected to announce a collection of subscription bundles for its services and Mikah isn't quite sold on the value of them.
  • Epic Games added a new in-game payment method for Fortnite that bypasses Apple and Google's own in-app payment systems, and the consequences are beginning to take shape.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Harry McCracken and Joseph Cox

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Posted on 13 August 2020 | 9:00 pm


TNW 145: Google & Samsung, Unpacked - Note 20, Z Fold 2, Galaxy Buds, Pixel 4a, and TikTok

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Everything Samsung announced at its Unpacked event, a brief review of Google's Pixel 4A, and an in-depth look at TikTok — including its ban in certain places, its potential purchase by Microsoft, and its competition.

First, Myriam Joire joins us to break down the Samsung Unpacked event, covering the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung's Galaxy Buds and new Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+.

Then, Myriam Joire graciously sticks around to briefly review the Google Pixel 4A, the company's new, cost-effective Pixel phone.

Then, Sara Fischer of Axios stops by to help us understand what's going on with TikTok, including the many bans around the world and Microsoft's potential purchase of the social media service.

Lastly, Jason shares how inefficient wireless charging can be and Mikah laments the end of Microsoft xCloud testing on iOS.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Myriam Joire and Sara Fischer

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Posted on 6 August 2020 | 11:43 pm


TNW 144: Big Tech Zooms to Washington - Antitrust Hearings, New IP, Open AI GPT-3

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Antitrust Hearings, New IP, Open AI GPT-3

  • In the aftermath of big tech's congressional hearings that focused on antitrust behavior, Will Oremus from OneZero walks through the real reason for the spectacle.
  • China has big ideas for the Internet, namely that it wants a new Internet that it can better control. Stephen Shankland from CNET details the New IP proposal and how it would differ from the Internet we have today.
  • OpenAI's GPT-3 model is paving the way for incredible innovation in the field of AI, and that's evident by a long list of creations that blur the line between computer and human thought.
  • Mac OS 8.1 is now a single Electron app that works on Mac or PC and can be installed in the applications folder like any other app on your machine.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Will Oremus and Stephen Shankland

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Posted on 30 July 2020 | 10:30 pm